I have been writing java programs just for myself for several years and I think I am getting pretty good at it. So I am considering trying to enter the world of professional programming.
Experience: No job experience with programming. I'm a teacher, actually. I do have experience programming, but not something that I can put on a resume. I just have a few programs that I have written which I could show to people and say, "I wrote this."
Education: BS in Chemistry and Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language.
Certification: Recently I passed the Java SE 7 Programmer 1 exam (Associate). I took the Java SE 7 Programmer 2 exam, but don't know the result yet. But I think maybe I didn't pass....
I'm fluent in Japanese, too, but I don't know if that would help getting a computer job.
By now, you are thinking, "Why don't you just look for a teaching job?" Well, I have a teaching job, but I want to make some extra money on the side. So I wonder if there is such thing as a part time computer job. What I heard from a friend is that there exist jobs that you can do at home. Someone sends you a computer project to work on, then you write the code and send the code by e-mail, and then they pay you. That's what I heard, anyway. Is that true? How qualified does someone have to be for that?
I live in a small town, so I can't really go to some office every day to work.
I think one good option for you would be freelancing. Google for freelance sites where people post their requirements and you can bid on it. That way, you can work from home, pick up experience as well as money and still continue with your day job.
Just try it. You have all the benefits because you don't have boss to command you and rush you. A part-time job, you can find another job and while waiting you can do your job as a freelancer. I think its good.
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